Sabian Symbols: Many toys in children's ward
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 15 (14° - 15°)
CARING IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR TODAY'S DESTRUCTIVE WAYS OF LIVING
Caring is an energy that radiates from a loving heart and strongly influences the social environment in a positive way
We have a duty of care to our children, the environment and our community. Collectively we have done great damage, for which future generations will suffer severe consequences. Also perhaps personally we have set negative forces in motion or added to the heavy burden of humanity’s responsibility for these abuses of natural resources. Each of us individually can at least do something to repair the damage, for example by being kind to others, especially children.
IN A HOSPITAL, THE CHILDREN'S WARD IS FILLED WITH TOYS
In a hospital, the children's ward is filled with toys
Abundance is the mystery of life on Earth
The image reminds us that life includes constraints. It is a normal everyday expression and almost everyone in the developed world will spend time in hospital because of psychological or physical limitations.
Yet there are also ample rewards. Family and, by extension, society provides for us when we are in need of support – and this is understood to be straightforward neighbourliness that we can to some extent expect and depend on.
This genuine kindness, toys for children, is clear evidence of the inescapable richness of life. Even the poor – in fact, especially the poor – will give of their time and resources to soften the burden of one in need. Abundance is the mystery of life on Earth – despite all ideas of scarcity and fear of lack.
To awaken the mind-set that expects and discovers inescapable abundance lifts us to a richer experience of life. Misfortune seems to descend so often upon a person as a travesty of justice – why does a child suffer? And yet the optimistic mind will find the cloud's silver lining. At the very least, a difficult situation carries with it a chance to deepen fellowship.
Knowing this we can create a positive future through the application of a positive attitude. Despite any accidental appearance of challenging circumstances, we can project real potential into life and expect real results.
Self-pity is a degradation of self; it is to be avoided at all costs. Neither does it serve anyone's best interests to offer false sympathy, and support any tendency in another towards childish self-pampering. This will only strengthen negative traits and support pessimism. Taking a person's emotional problems too seriously is not taking them seriously enough.
And let us always remember that our experiences are not a means to an end – they are the end, valid without agenda or amplification through either knock-on effects or understandings. Each and every moment has within itself something precious to appreciate.
Many toys in children's ward
Commentary from Richard Grey
N - looking for and finding abundance even in the direst of circumstances.
T - a loving heart | softening the burden | deepening fellowship, giving in ways we believe will give others pleasure.
G - application of a positive attitude
P - expecting needs to be met, even in the direst of circumstances.
S - caring | humanity's responsibility | repair the damage, taking responsibility for acting in ways that alleviate others' suffering.